2018 May Featured Journalist of the Month: John Dwyer
Monday, April 30, 2018 01:30 PM

2018 May Featured Journalist: John DwyerJohn Dwyer:

John Dwyer served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala in 1991-92.  For the past 22 years he has worked as either a volunteer or employee for international development and election observation organizations.  He also serves as a reservist with FEMA and responds to domestic disasters. As a writer his work has appeared in Transitions Abroad, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Orange County Register, Huff Post, Peace Corps Online, International Travel News and various other online and print publications.

 

 What got you into travel writing?

I grew up in a Navy family and moved a lot around the U.S.  I enjoyed the travel. My dad was a writer and I always had an interest in writing as well.  When I was in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, in the early ‘90s, I started writing about my experiences.

What’s the most challenging part of travel writing for you?

 Sitting down and doing it!

What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?   

A notebook, a pen and a camera.

What is your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?  

 I have traveled and worked a lot in post-conflict countries.  Among my many memorable experiences is that of managing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Herat, Afghanistan in 2002.  Also the innate kindness displayed by a young schoolgirl while I was walking on a rural dirt road in Bosnia in 1996, right after the war.  Coming in the opposite direction, she was eating a small bunch of grapes.  When she saw me she stopped , split the bunch of grapes in half, and shared half of the grapes with me, a complete stranger.

What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?

Keep at it!  Find a niche.

 

Find John's works at: http://www.over50andoverseas.com